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Polymorphous Linguistics: Jim McCawley's Legacy

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James McCawley (1938-1999) was one of the most significant linguists of the latter half of the twentieth century. His legacy to a generation of linguists encompasses not only his work in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language but also his emphasis on bridging research in linguistics with that in other disciplines, from anthropology and psychology to physics and biology. This book, written by his former students — all now scholars in their own right — pays tribute to McCawley by ...

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Overview

James McCawley (1938-1999) was one of the most significant linguists of the latter half of the twentieth century. His legacy to a generation of linguists encompasses not only his work in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language but also his emphasis on bridging research in linguistics with that in other disciplines, from anthropology and psychology to physics and biology. This book, written by his former students — all now scholars in their own right — pays tribute to McCawley by pursuing questions about language that engaged him during his career. The variety of perspectives in these essays reflects McCawley's eclecticism as well his belief that what is important in scholarly work is not the analytic framework used but the insights reached.The book considers topics in phonology; syntax, with several essays on Indic languages (in which McCawley had a special interest) as well as one on African-American English; tense,aspect, and mood; semantics and pragmatics, with essays in these areas grouped together to reflect the intertwining of McCawley's work on these subjects; knowledge of language; and the treatment of language, with its implicit colonial biases, in the 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262562096
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine J. Francis is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and affiliated with the Linguistics Program at Purdue University.

Rebecca S. Wheeler is Associate Professor of English and English Education at Christopher Newport University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Sequential voicing and Lyman's law in old Japanese 27
Ch. 2 NP gaps in Tamil : syntactic versus pragmatic 47
Ch. 3 Vacya, Prayoga, and Hindi sentences without grammatical subjects 69
Ch. 4 The grammaticalization of aspect in Tamil and its sematintic sources 83
Ch. 5 Causation and tense in subordinate clauses : conjunctive participles and conditionals in Bangla and Hindi 109
Ch. 6 Independence in subordinate clauses : analysis of nonrestrictive relative clauses in English and Japanese 135
Ch. 7 Syntactic mimicry as evidence for prototypes in grammar 161
Ch. 8 Gerundive modifiers in English and Korean 183
Ch. 9 Multiple mechanisms underlying morphological productivity 203
Ch. 10 How many Bes are there in English? 225
Ch. 11 On McCawley on tense 249
Ch. 12 On the fuzzy foundary between tense and aspect in Japanese 261
Ch. 13 Counterfactuality in Burmese 283
Ch. 14 Retrospective mood in Korean : a constraint-based approach 295
Ch. 15 An un- paper for the unsyntactician 329
Ch. 16 Semantic noun phrase typology 367
Ch. 17 The paradox of mass plurals 389
Ch. 18 Everything that linguists have always wanted to know about ironic presuppositions and implicatures but were ashamed to ask 411
Ch. 19 Deficits in pronoun interpretation : clues to a theory of competence and acquisition 433
Ch. 20 Why verb agreement is not the poster child for any general formal principle 455
Ch. 21 A cognitively plausible model of linguistic intuition 479
Ch. 22 Language and languages in the eleventh Britannica 505
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